Linux News for Oct 30, 2001
Yahoo!/Reuters: Intel Says Inspired by Napster to Change IT Systems
(Oct 30, 2001, 23:29)
"The free operating system Linux was another unexpected result
from ad hoc Internet collaboration that has been embraced by Intel,
saving the chip maker $200 million, [Intel VP of Technology] Busch
Tonight UNDEAD: Money and Swag >> On The Linux Show (Oct 30, 2001, 23:23)
Tonight's show features the 4th Annual Halloween Gnu/Linux
Trivia Scavenger Hunt.
CNET news.com: Amazon Saves Millions With Linux Switch (Oct 30, 2001, 23:04)
"Amazon.com was able to cut $17 million in technology expenses
in the last quarter largely because of a switch to Linux."
BrowserWatch: Netscape 6.2 Released
(Oct 30, 2001, 21:46)
"Netscape has quietly released Netscape 6.2, an incremental
update that appears to address mainly bug fixes and performance
enhancements, albeit with a few new features thrown in. Netscape
6.2 is based on the Mozilla 0.94 build."
FirstLinux.com: SuSE Linux Professional 7.3 Review (Oct 30, 2001, 21:11)
"We would want to test this distribution for a longer period
before recommending using this to be used in a corporate
environment; many of the fundamental components are the latest
versions. But from the limited tests carried out it functioned
perfectly well as an Intranet server running Apache, MySQL and
DB4Web. Overall this is SuSE's best ever distribution and looks
like being our favorite Linux distribution, at least for now."
The Register: Linux update withholds security info on DMCA terror
(Oct 30, 2001, 18:33)
"Citing a controversial U.S. copyright law, a top Linux
developer announced this week that Americans would not be given
details about the security fixes in an update to the open source
operating system, a first for a software development community that
prides itself on transparency."
SEUL.org: Linux in Education Report #56 for October 29 (Oct 30, 2001, 17:15)
SEUL/edu is the discussion group for those interested in using
Linux for education. This covers all aspects of educational uses of
Linux, by teachers, parents, and students. This week: dotted fonts
to use for teaching handwriting, UK schools affected by patents,
Ganesha's project (teaching IT to Nepali school children with Free
LinuxDevices.com: Open source MyLinux PLW project is scuttled (Oct 30, 2001, 16:03)
"The response to MyLinux was strong in terms of vocal support,
but fell quite shorter than anticipated when it came down to
putting money in front of the mouth. My intended goal and purpose
for starting MyLinux was to give back something to the Linux
Community. In my opinion it has been a complete failure. I may have
been better off by donating the MyLinux development money to the
NewsForge: SourceForge.net director says Geocrawler and SourceForge.net are healthy (Oct 30, 2001, 15:13)
"A message on Geocrawler last week, saying the site was no
longer being maintained (since taken down), caused some nervousness
among SourceForge users. In particular, Advogato.org posted a story
worrying about alternatives to SourceForge should it fall victim of
bad economic times. Advogato's evidence of problems at SourceForge:
The Geocrawler list, a "core service" of SourceForge, was no longer
LinuxPlanet: The StartX Files: Learning the Ways of LyX (Oct 30, 2001, 14:00)
"The ever-popular 'Word to the Wise' series is chartered to
cover word processors. This week, though, Brian Proffitt stops off
with LyX, a 'document processor' that might change the way you look
at document preparation. Learn about LyX's unusual paradigm among
desktop apps, and how the LyX team is bringing GUI independence to
a venerable project with familiar Qt and GTK+ faces."
GNOME Summary for 2001-10-20 - 2001-10-26 (Oct 30, 2001, 12:43)
This week: Accessibility, GNOME-LOVE, Control Center 2.0 port,
Evolution 1.0 looms closer, GtkMM's new release, more.
PC Magazine: The Lindows Conundrum (Oct 30, 2001, 10:54)
"The Lindows concept was dreamed up by MP3.com entrepreneur
Michael Robertson, and is encountering skepticism. Nobody is taking
it too seriously except me. I think Lindows might fly if it can
conquer one simple roadblock, and that's running Microsoft Office
97, 2000, and XP. If Lindows can run these versions of Office, then
look out below. Bombs away."
OSNews.com: Interview With WINE's Alexandre Julliard (Oct 30, 2001, 07:46)
"We are getting closer every day. We are now working on the last
missing piece (inter-process window communication) to complete the
transition from a Win3.1 architecture to a NT-like architecture.
Once this is done we'll be able to release 1.0. I won't give any
The Register: Win-XP vs Red Hat 7.2
(Oct 30, 2001, 05:55)
"But alas, if XP is dumbed-down to unbearable depths, 7.2 is
still bitchy, unpredictable and high-maintenance. It's still stuck
in the realm of advanced users. Damn."
Linux 2.4.14-pre5 Released (Oct 30, 2001, 04:39)
Linux 2.4.14-pre5 is out. Changelog, link within.